Philadelphia Eagles: Two Things to Watch in Tonight's Game

By Matt Shaner
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Tonight will see the further unveiling of Chip Kelly and his new system. We will see the continuation of various roster battles and how much Kelly will choose to reveal against the Carolina Panthers and their defense. We will start to see some players pull away and solidify spots on the roster. Here are two major points to consider as you watch the game:

The First Team Defense

A result like the first quarter of last week will not be acceptable. Isaac Sopoaga looked lost last week as the starting unit was demolished by the run. This cannot happen tonight. Sopoaga and his unit must rebound. Bradley Fletcher needs to block some passes. Cary Williams must get on the field and show his worth.

The safeties were bad enough that Nate Allen was not taking first-team reps this week. Billy Davis must prove that he put in the work this week to get better. They don’t have to return to Gang Green days, but they do need to be better and show improvement. Davis has time, but it is time to see positive growth.

Chip Kelly’s System

Last week, we saw a drive from Nick Foles with one substitution, taking up almost the entire field, and scoring on a Bryce Brown touchdown. The drive moved, getting a play off every 18 seconds on average. Kelly tapped the gas pedal and it worked to the tune of a score. Foles actually looked comfortable reading his options and making the calls.

This week, we’ll see LeSean McCoy make his debut and he should provide a spark to the running game. McCoy has the potential for a breakout year. Michael Vick should get his chance with the speedy offense this time around and I’m intrigued to see how he flows. Vick has the attributes to make it work and this could be like a return home for him.

When the game ends, both units should show progress and be walking a clear path to the first round of cuts and the start of the season.

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